Disney’s Animal Kingdom “unwrapped” and introduced the biggest holiday season in the park’s two-decade history, with festive new entertainment and holiday décor in every land!
Here’s the new adventures that await you:
Discovery Island will play host to life-sized animal puppets during the day. As the sun sets, the Tree of Life will boast a shimmery new look and will periodically “awaken” with a series of wintry tales accompanied by a holiday musical score.
Over in DinoLand, U.S.A., all of Donald Duck’s friends gathering for Donald’s Dino-Bash! get into the spirit with colorful holiday decorations that they have each chosen in their own style.
The Asia section of the park is celebrating Diwali, the Holiday Festival of Lights in India. Here, guests can see glowing lanterns and more illuminating the main square that leads to the waterfront stage – home to authentic and colorful cultural performances.
The Africa section of the park will welcome guests with a unique holiday presentation that fuses Western traditions with the colors and texture of authentic African celebrations.
Guests can also find out-of-this-world holiday fun at Pandora – The World of Avatar. Ex-pats living and working on the moon of Pandora have rolled out holiday cheer with a display of whimsical holiday décor, pairing vintage pieces from Earth with items handcrafted from Pandora.
There’s never a better time to enjoy the holidays in Walt Disney World!
Guests loved Disney Villains After Hours so much that next year it’s coming back to Magic Kingdom® Park with more nights and more wicked fun for all!
In 2020, the event will take place on 24 select nights Feb. 7 through July 10! Yes, that’s 14 additional nights!
Disney Villains After Hours is bringing back the villain-themed elements you loved:
“Villains Unite the Night” stage show. Hades and Meg from “Hercules” will set the castle stage ablaze in this exciting and villainous show which also features appearances by Jafar, The Queen, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
Maleficent the Dragon, with her Steampunk style and signature wicked grin, will be let loose at night – breathing fire as she creeps through the park as a one-of-a-kind experience for party Guests.
Dance party at Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage, where a party DJ will be spinning some sick beats, transforming the entire Central Plaza of the park into a killer club scene.
Surprising, villain-inspired additions to Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
A variety of wickedly good specialty food & beverage offerings will be available for purchase, including tasty desserts, drinks and dishes inspired by favorite villainous friends.
Event attendees can purchase exclusive merchandise, as well as items from a curated collection of the best Disney Villains merchandise available.
Low wait times at more than 25 attractions and experiences after the park closes to day Guests.
Tickets for Disney Villains After Hours go on sale today! You can save by purchasing tickets in advance for $145 plus tax or $155 plus tax on the event night. That’s at $10 savings if you buy early!
Event tickets allow entry as early as 7 p.m., which gives you time to enjoy fireworks before heading off to the attractions. Select complimentary snacks and beverages are also included in the cost of admission.
While this event does not include character greetings with the Villains, you can still show off your sinister side by dressing in attire inspired by your favorite baddie and share your experience using the #VillainsAfterHours hashtag.
Don’t get scammed!! Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to purchase tickets or to book a vacation to include this special event. Vacations with Character® is an Authorized Ticket Seller and Authorized Vacation Planner for Disney Theme Parks and Destinations! We never charge fees but our experience and expertise are priceless!
Good news! Due to overwhelming demand, Disney has increased availability for the 2019 Ultimate Disney Christmas Package and extended the booking window for this special offer!
This package is a great way for you to experience all the holiday fun of a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, with an itinerary full of Yuletide offerings – including a five-night stay at a select Disney resort hotel from Dec. 21-26, 2019. Also included are four-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper® Option, plus some exclusive holiday experiences just for Guests taking advantage of this magical offer.
Some highlights include:
Saturday, Dec. 21: Exclusive nighttime access to experience Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Plus, you can catch an exclusive showing of the park’s new “Rivers of Light: We Are One” show on Discovery River.
Sunday, Dec. 22: Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, where you can see the brand-new “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” nighttime spectacular.
Monday, Dec. 23, or Tuesday, Dec. 24 (one night per reservation): Access to an exclusive reserved viewing area to watch “Epcot® Forever,” the new nighttime spectacular at Epcot. Plus, each Guest (ages 3 and older) receives a digital $50 Epcot Theme Park Dine Promo Card to use at participating locations in the park.
Wednesday, Dec. 25: An Ultimate Disney Christmas gift delivered to your resort hotel room!
The holiday season is a special time at The Most Magical Place on Earth, from snow dancing above along Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom® Park to sumptuous smells wafting out of Holiday Kitchens in Epcot, or new festive décor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to high-tech projection shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. These are just a few of the holiday happenings taking place across all four theme parks, just waiting for you to discover!
The Ultimate Disney Christmas Package now can be booked through Nov. 23, 2019. Contact us for more information or to book and give the gift of magic this holiday season! When you book your vacation with us, our services are free and you’ll receive our expert advice on where to go, what to see and do, where to eat as well as tip sheets, park maps and more! https://vacationswithcharacter.net/disney.html
A Walt Disney World® Resort Vacation is THE Perfect Holiday Gift for Loved Ones to Create Memories that Last a Lifetime and We Have Some New Special Offers to Tell You About!
Enjoy a Kids Delicious Dining Offer: Free Dining Plan for Kids (Ages 3-9) ~ Plus an Extra Dash of Magic!
You can get a FREE dining plan for kids (ages 3 to 9) when you buy a non-discounted 3-night/3-day package for yourself and your child(ren) that includes theme park tickets, a dining plan, and a room at a select Disney Value Resort hotel.
All 3 dining plans—Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, Disney Dining Plan and Disney Deluxe Dining Plan—are eligible with this offer, but everyone in your reservation must be on the same package. For instance, if you purchase a package with the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, then your kid(s) (ages 3 to 9) on that package will receive the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan.
With this offer, you’ll also receive the Frozen Welcome Pack, including:
Voucher for one stroller rental for the length of your stay
Voucher for one in-park 5×7 photo print per room
One merchandise bag per room including a plush, book and 2 treats
This offer is valid for arrivals most nights from January 1 – March 7, 2020 when you. book through January 1, 2020.
Give the Gift of a Magical Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel – Save Up to 25% on Rooms in Early 2020
Save up to 25% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 1 through April 25, 2020 when you book by Jan. 1, 2020. Or save up to 20% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels – valid for stays most nights Jan. 2 through April 25, 2020 when you book through March 7, 2020.
Plus, receive a $30 USD Disney Gift Card* per person (ages 3 and up) on the reservation when you upgrade to a package by adding 6-day or longer Theme Park tickets*. Gift cards can be used at participating locations in your resort hotel, in the theme parks, at restaurants and more!
Florida Residents: Spring into 2020 with Great Rates at Select Disney Resort Hotels
Are you a Florida Resident? You too can save up to 30% on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels at Walt Disney World® Resort for stays most nights Jan. 1-April. 25, 2020 when you book through April 25, 2020!
The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Additional per adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Valid admission is required to enjoy theme parks and special events and is not included in this offer. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom Grand Villas, Cabins at Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Proof of Florida residency required at check-in.
*One Disney Gift Card will be given per reservation. If you complete online check-in in advance, the Disney Gift Card will be emailed to you on the day of your arrival. Otherwise, you’ll be asked for your email address when you check in at the Front Desk of your Disney Resort hotel – and the Disney Gift Card will be sent to that email address. The email will contain a bar code for using the Disney Gift Card. If you don’t receive your Disney Gift Card in your inbox, please check your spam folder or stop by the Front Desk for assistance.
We are Excited to Announce Disney Early Morning Magic at Magic Kingdom® Park is Returning with New Dates for This Year and Next!
Starting on Nov. 13, 2019, you can enjoy limited-entry, early access to favorite attractions throughout Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park and also have a delicious breakfast.
Some of the returning attractions are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Princess Fairytale Hall, “it’s a small world”, Mad Tea Party, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid.
The morning will also include breakfast at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café that comes with scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, assorted pastries and more. Breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and exclusive event-only access to the attractions lasts from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Disney Early Morning Magic requires a separate reservation – $89 for adults and $79 for children (regular theme park admission is also required). Admission will be limited, so be sure to book your reservation as soon as possible!
You can book this experience by contacting your Vacations with Character Travel Planner or by calling the Disney Reservation Center at (407)WDW-PLAY/ (407)939-7529.
(Note: Disney Early Morning Magic will be offered on different dates than Extra Magic Hours.)
Start your Week off Great and Take Advantage of this NEW Offer from Disney for Visa Card Members!
Enjoy this special Cardmember offer! Save up to 40% on room rates at the all-new Disney’s Riviera Resort for stays most nights December 16, 2019 through March 31, 2020.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take in the majesty of Disney’s Riviera Resort, the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort—opening December 16, 2019! Influenced by the grandeur of Europe, this enchanting escape offers beautiful scenery, a wide variety of comfortable rooms and convenient transportation to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks!
Must mention this offer and use a valid Disney Visa Card or Disney Rewards Redemption Card to pay the deposit.
Disney® Visa® Cardmember must stay in room.
Offer is nontransferable.
Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than 2 adults per room at Deluxe Resorts and Studios at Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required.
Booking Information: Contact your favorite Vacations with Character® Travel Agent to book or request a quote by clicking here! We’d love to help you celebrate life with a vacation at this beautiful resort!
Don’t delay! The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Note: Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Length of stay requirements may apply.
Fall is a Favorite Time of Year to Visit the Walt Disney World® Resort. There’s Simply so Much Fun to be Had! Here’s a List of our Top Fav’s!
Courtesy of Disney DestinationsIndulge in spooky thrills at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already delighting Guests with the “treat” of a new fireworks show this year – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular.” Other must-sees at the event are the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show and “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” which features Disney characters in new Halloween costumes – and the spectral bride from the Haunted Mansion.
Indulge your taste buds at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival – Where else but at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival can you sample mouthwatering international fare at more than 30 Global Marketplaces, watch live culinary demonstrations, and learn tips and tricks from celebrity chefs? Eat to the Beat concerts also keep the fun going in the evening, bringing the sounds of pop, rock, R&B, country, Christian, swing and Latin artists to the America Gardens Theatre, three times nightly. Pop down for a long weekend or add this to your vacation plans — it’s a must do for my family and friends!
Catch “Illuminations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot one last time – While you’re visiting Epcot for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, be sure to stay for “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.” The show will take its final bow on Sept. 30, in order to make way for the park’s new nighttime show, “Epcot Forever.”
Make out-of-this-world memories at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Named one of Time Magazine’s world’s greatest places, become part of your own Star Wars story at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Try galactic food and beverages, craft your own lightsabers, build droids and even help fly the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. TIP: Now through September 30, Guests can interact with an exclusive Snapchat filter that’ll put you inside a realistic hologram – start your transmission from the planet of Batuu today! (Available in certain U.S. regions only.)
Dive into a Disney water park – With cooler temps and smaller crowds, it’s the perfect time to cool off and relax in the Cross Country Creek lazy river at Disney’s Blizzard Beach® or jump the waves in the Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon®. Adding this option to your vacation package is a great way to enhance your trip and grab some R & R!
Ahoy, mateys! It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day, and to celebrate, we’re sharing the top 10 ways to experience a Pirate’s Life in Walt Disney World!
1) Dive Into Your Very Own Pirate Tale at The Pirates League in Magic Kingdom. Guests 3 years and up can come aboard for a swashbuckling pirate transformation that can include a hairstyle, facial effect and other special treasures. Or choose a deluxe head-to-toe makeover into a mesmerizing mermaid or pirate captain!
2) Play A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas. Join an interactive hunt for secret treasures hidden throughout Adventureland. Just head over to The Crow’s Nest and pick up a talisman that magically allows you to read a secret treasure map. Then it’s all hands on deck as you hunt for treasure!
3) Younger scallywags 4 to 12 can fearlessly channel their inner pirate on water with Pirate Adventure Cruises, which feature fun activities like donning bandanas and treasure hunting like true pirates.
4) Seasoned sailors and dessert lovers can set their sights on The Pirates & Pals Fireworks Dessert Voyage. Enjoy a boat ride starting from Disney’s Contemporary Resort that includes a treasure trove of delicious dessert options, perfect for snacking on before meeting Captain Hook and Mr. Smee.
5) Experience a swashbuckling attraction and pretend you’re a Lost Boy or one of Captain Hook’s crew on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland. Climb aboard a gentle pirate galleon and set sail across the sky to Never Land!
6) Embark on a thrilling adventure on Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland, which features a lively Halloween overlay exclusively offered during nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
7) Salute your favorite Scallywags and give Captain Hook your most convincing “Arrrgh!” during Magic Kingdom Park’s daily “Festival of Fantasy Parade,”. You’ll find Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and Tick-Tock scouring the parade route for Wendy and Peter Pan.
8) Those interested in nighttime family-friendly frights can shake hands with the most fearless pirate in the Caribbean, Captain Jack Sparrow, in Adventureland exclusively offered during nights of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – or catch Jack sparring with Captain Barbossa aboard their ship during the “Boo-To-You Halloween Parade.”
9) For buccaneers 4 to 12 with still more energy to burn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers a fun and safe evening of mischief with a pirate’s feast included. Because after a full day of pirate living, everyone can use a little treasured rest and relaxation!
10) Check into the Captain’s Quarters and walk the plank into your comfortable pirate-themed quarters at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to relax and recuperate from a thrilling day in the life of a pirate.
Fall is an amazing time to visit Walt Disney World® Resort and one of our absolute favorites!
Here are five reasons YOU need to visit!
1) Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back!The spookiest event of the year has returned to Magic Kingdom® Park, and this year, there’s a new fireworks show – “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular”. Party nights also feature returning favorites, such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show, Disney characters in their finest Halloween costumes and much more. Don’t miss out!
4) NBA Experience is open at Disney Springs®! This newly opened venue allows you to experience what it’s like to be selected in the NBA Draft, and step onto the court to make clutch shots and highlight-worthy slam dunks. NBA Experience also provides ample opportunities to learn more about the NBA and WNBA via interactive displays, films and trivia. It’s a “must do” for basketball fans!
5) Enjoy the Hakuna Matata Dance Party one last timeat Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – head to the Discovery Island Stage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the party, a family-friendly event that features music, dance, games and some favorite Disney friends. The show ends its run on Sept. 30, 2019.
There’s never been a better time to visit and we’d love to help you with your plans! As Authorized Disney Vacation Planners, we know how to make your vacation a magical one — and we never charge a fee for our services. Stress-free planning, peace of mind, and helping you create priceless vacation memories are what we are all about! Contact us for a free quote today!
This weekend’s D23 Expo 2019 will showcase dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe.
And to kick things off, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting news from Anaheim as a preview of what’s to come this weekend!
An all-new Star Wars vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World® Resort!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where Guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. Once onboard, Guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.
Inside the Disney Parks “Imagining Tomorrow, Today” pavilion at D23 Expo, visitors will be able to see a new model and incredible visuals of the starcruiser – called the Halcyon.
Also at Walt Disney World Resort, there are big plans for the multi-year transformation of Epcot®, with new experiences that will make the park more Disney, more family, more timeless and more relevant to the millions of Guests who visit each year.
The reinvention of Epcot will include Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana.” This first-ever attraction based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film, “Moana,” will let Guests interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
And this October, you’ll be able to visualize all of the exciting plans for Epcot at a new experience center in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, called Walt Disney Imagineering presents the Epcot Experience. Inside this first-of-its-kind offering within a Disney park, you’ll discover engaging and interactive exhibits that allow you to step inside the relentless innovation, energy and excitement and see some never-before-revealed details driving the future of Epcot all throughout this unprecedented period of transformation.
At Disney California Adventure® and Disneyland Paris, announcements were already made about the immersive Super Hero themed lands. Today, we have learned these fantastic lands will be called Avengers Campus.
When you visit Avengers Campus, you’ll become part of an interconnected, global story that spans from California to Paris to Hong Kong with the Avengers recruiting new extraordinary people to join them.
Inside the pavilion at D23 Expo, Guests will be able to see an in-story experience where they’ll learn why the Avengers are building these campuses. And on Sunday, more details will be revealed about what Guests will be able to experience when they open.
The pavilion will also feature many of the attractions and lands coming to our sites around the world including TRON Lightcycle Run coming to Magic Kingdom® Park, as well as additional expansions in Tokyo and Hong Kong. Here’s a quick look inside:
We can’t wait for more details to come on Sunday, and we’ll be posting them here, so stay tuned!